Major General Aminu Chinade has taken over as the 37th General Officer Commanding, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army even as he has assured South East residents of peace and safety.
The new General Officer Commanding took over from Major General Umar Musa on Thursday in Enugu,
Chinade assured that with robust collaboration of other sister security agencies and formations, the South East would experience peace and security.
According to him: “My job is to be pro-active and synergise with other security agencies and formations in the South East and the Division’s Areas of Responsibility to ensure safety, security and peace for all.
“I am glad to join the Division and continue on the successes and good work of the outgoing GOC.”
The new GOC said that although the security situation in the South East and other parts of the country remained challenging, “we are already surmounting it and forging ahead”.
On the general election, Chinade said that officers and troops of the Division would remain dedicated, professional and apolitical.
“As concerning the general elections, the Division will be highly professional and apolitical to ensure a fair, credible and transparent elections Nigeria deserves,” he said.
The new GOC also appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, for his new posting, adding that he would live up to the confidence and trust reposed on him.
He thanked the Almighty God for the grace to take over as well as sought for the cooperation of Commanders and Principal Officers in the Division in order for the successes and breakthroughs of the Division to continue.
Earlier, Musa, the outgoing GOC, thanked the COAS for the confidence and trust he reposed in his abilities and appointing him as the GOC for two divisions of the Nigerian Army – 81 and 82 Divisions.
The outgoing GOC said: “I have worked hard and relentlessly to ensure that I deliver on expectations.
“The South-East, including the entire country, is faced with security challenges, while the Nigerian Army is already surmounting them.”
Musa appreciated the Commanders, Principal Officers and troops of the Division for the successes recorded during his administration of the Division, adding: “I want you to extend same cooperation and dedication to the new GOC.
“The good people of the South East and those in our other Areas Of Responsibility should give us credible information to crack down on criminality as well as criminal elements within the general area.
“South East is not all about IPOB or ESN, which activities are negative, but about some criminal elements that are disturbing the peace of the people.”
The event featured the signing of the hand over note as well as the decoration of the new GOC with 82 Division’s insignia and handing over the Division’s flag to him, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Musa has been redeployed to the Army Headquarters Department of Personnel Management as the Chief Personnel Management (Army).